As I gaze at my one year old son drinking from a sippy cup with his adorable little hands, I have a sense of joy and a touch of sadness as our breastfeeding relationship has slowly come to an end. A year ago I was blessed with becoming a first time mother of […]
My desk is a colorful explosion of receipts, torn pages from cooking magazines, books I am reading or plan to read next, this past month of drawings gifted from my kids, various bottles of essential oils, chicken scratches of lesson plan ideas, a mystery pile I haven’t unearthed in a while, and in preparation […]
If you’ve been practicing yoga for a while a home practice has probably crossed your mind. Seventeen years ago was when it first crossed mine. I was practicing regularly at a heated vinyasa flow studio when my teacher asked how my home practice was coming along. I’m pretty sure I had a deer caught […]
I began writing and shaping this by accident during a yoga class a year ago. It turns out that down dog is a fabulous place to notice legs, feet and chipped toenail polish. And tattoos. And that day I couldn’t take my eyes off the long, thin, timeless leg next to me. There are […]
By Jean Holthaus, LISW
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services Pella Clinic Therapist and Manager
We all have moments of absolute chaos…the kids are screaming, the phone is ringing, something is boiling over on the stove, and a major project must be completed for work. In moments like this, emotions quickly become overwhelming and […]
When I add up all the time I have nursed one of my three children it comes out to about five and half years. Wow!
I just gave my last baby her last mama’s milk. This is so bittersweet for me. I was thinking I would wait until around her third birthday to finish […]
We love this time of year with the shift to warmer days and plants beginning to bloom. One thing that can be challenging for many people in spring is experiencing seasonal discomforts. Seasonal discomforts are a result of the body reacting to foreign substances in the environment such as pollen, pet dander, dust or bee […]
By Amanda B.
I’m a planner. I always have been, and it didn’t change with pregnancy. So naturally, we had a birth plan. My plan was to have a drug-free birth with as little medical intervention as possible. Nothing went according to plan. That little piece of paper we had thought about so carefully […]
As humans we experience a variety of moods daily. Some of these moods we enjoy and want more of. Conversely, we may find other moods less desirable and seek ways to change how we feel.
Lets take for example a busy mom who is feeling challenged balancing her family, pets, career, etc. She may […]
By Sandi Hoover, BSN, RYT500, PRYT
Im often asked what foods are best for babies from many of our mamas. I wanted to share a recent email conversation loaded with good references between myself, one of my previous prenatal and now postnatal student, C.S., and Christy, one of our new Roots Prenatal Yoga Teachers […]